Aids Affairs

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October 13, 2015

Dear Counsellor

Can you tell me about yeast infections? I get recurrent yeast infections very often? My friend told me that all women get vaginal infections, and so I have nothing to worry about, is that true?

Worried Friend:

Dear Worried Friend:

While it is true that most women will experience some form of vaginal infection at least once in their lives, it is also true that in the adult female population, a vaginal infection is the most common reason for seeking medical attention. Women with yeast/vaginal infection may have an abnormal discharge, itching, burning, foul odour, pain or irritation whenever they have sexual intercourse or whenever they urinate. However, many women may have none of these symptoms. The three most common infections of the vagina are candidiasis or ?yeast infections?, bacterial vaginosis or ?BV? and trichomoniasis or ?trich?. If you are diagnosed with yeast infections it is important that you follow your doctor?s instructions carefully and you must not share your medication.

Dear Counsellor

Few days ago I noticed a painless open sore on my penis. I went to the clinic and was diagnosed with syphilis. I got an injection and the nurse gave me an appointment for next month. I notice that the sore is gone. The injection was a good one. Tell me, do I have to go back to the clinic, especially since the sore is gone away. Can I start having sex now; the doctor had told me not to continue having sex until I?m cured.

Want to Know.

Dear Want to Know:

You must keep your appointment and please follow other instructions given to you by your health care provider. Just because the sore is gone does not mean that you are completely cured. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that should not be taken lightly; if you are untreated you may develop serious complications. Your doctor is right; you should avoid having sex until the doctor tells you that you are completely cured. Remember that if you use a condom every time you have sex you will reduce your chances of becoming infected with sexually transmitted infections including HIV the virus that causes AIDS.

For more information on condom use, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections call the AIDS/STD Helpline at 967-3830, 967-3764 or toll free at 1888-991-4444.

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